I pray your Thanksgiving holiday was restful and rejuvenating. I would like to thank all who contributed to the Thanksgiving Blessing Baskets. A big “Thank You” to all who gave, contributed, organized and prayed over the baskets. Through your generosity I was reminded of St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, how he reminds them about being generous on all occasions especially in their offering to the poor Christian’s in Jerusalem. He knew that the Corinthians were wealthier than most of the churches he had visited; He had the advantage of knowing their heart but he needed to remind them of the promise they made to help the poor of
Jerusalem. As a consummate networker he brought Kingdom resources to bear where they were most needed. Paul’s compassionate theology was built upon faith and the unlimited resources God had to provide “seed to the sower.” Here are 10 Principles I gathered from II Cor. 9:10 ff. that I would like to share with you:
#1 Sow generously, reap generously (vv. 6-8);
#2 God loves a cheerful giver, so give with gladness (v. 7);
#3 Give to the poor (v. 9);
#4 God is the supplier of seed and bread (v. 10);
#5 God will make you rich in every way” (v.11);
#6 Be generous on every occasion (v.11);
#7 Your giving is an expression of thanks to God” (v. 12);
#8 Your generosity is a witness and testimony to the goodness of God.
#9 People will thank the Lord for you and remember you in their prayers because of your generosity (v.14); and
#10 Thank the Lord for who He is and what He has done for you (v. 15).
May the Lord continue to bless you “according to His riches in glory.”